by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

Up‑hill
Language: English 
Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
  Yes, to the very end.
Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
  From [morn]1 to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting place?
  A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
  You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
  Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
  They will not keep you [standing]2 at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
  Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
  [Yes]3, beds for all who come.

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First published in Macmillan's Magazine, February 1861

1 F. Rzewski: "noon"
2 F. Rzewski: "waiting"
3 F. Rzewski: "Yea"

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